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educator , relief foundation executive

Bettis Alston Garside, American former educator, relief foundation executive. Decorated Order of Brilliant Star (China) with ribbon, 1946, with special cravat, 1976, Order of Auspicious Clouds (China) with special cravat, 1980. Served from seaman to warrant officer United States Navy, 1917-1919.; Member Phi Gamma Delta.; Member Riverside Church.


Garside, Bettis Alston was born on November 22, 1894 in Stringtown, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Joseph and Sarah Emeline (Alston) Garside.


Bachelor of Arts, University Oklahoma, 1913. Student Kennedy School Missions, 1916-1917, N. China Union Language School, 1922-1923. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1922.

Doctor of Humane Letters, College Ozarks, 1935.


1 daughter, Jean Alston (Mistress Irving V.E. Barth, Junior). Principal high school, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, 1913-1916, Stringtown, 1920-1921. Missionary to China, Presbyterian Board United States of America, 1922-1926.

Associate professor education Cheeloo University, Tsinan, China, 1923-1926. Secretary China Union Universities Central Office, New York City, 1927-1932. Executive secretary Associate Boards Christian Colleges China, New York City, 1932-1941.

Executive director United China Relief, Incorporated, New York York City, 1941-1942, vice president, secretary, 1942-1945. Executive vice president, secretary United Services to China, Incorporated, New York York City, 1946-1967. Director, 1950-1967; executive director American Bureau Medical Aid to China, New York City, 1950-1968, executive director for administration and promotion, 1968-1979.

Executive director Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, Inc., 1952-1970, Free China Fund, 1954-1960. Executive vice chairman American Emergency Committee Tibetan Refugees, 1959-1970. Director Tibetan Foundation, since 1970.

Vice chairman American Committee Non Participation in Japanese Aggression, 1938-1941. Treasurer committee One Million Against Admission of Communist China to United Nations, 1962-1970. Director Committee for Free China, Washington, since 1971.


  • Other Work

    • Author: One Increasing Purpose, the Life of Henry Winters Luce, 1948. Memoirs: Within the Four Seas, 1984. Editor: Peking Mandarin, 1923, Cheeloo magazine, 1924-1926.


Served from seaman to warrant officer United States Navy, 1917-1919. Member Phi Gamma Delta. Member Riverside Church.

Clubs: Tiffin (president 1942-1943, honorary president since 1979) (Shanghai).


Married Margaret Helen Cameron, September 10, 1921 (deceased December 1981).

Joseph Garside

Sarah Emeline (Alston) Garside

Margaret Helen Cameron